Situating the "Real," Discovering Desire
Marks, Lesley, PSYART
Gerhard Richter grew up during the war and Soviet occupation of East Germany. After working briefly in the East, he moved to the West in 1961 to develop his career as an artist. I examine Richter's work through the prism of Lacanian theory. Lacan recognises humanness in the dialectical relations between the eye and the gaze: it is our need to see and be seen (recognised) that differentiates us from the animal world. Similarly, Richter's paintings-from-photographs address the impossibility of piercing the surface of another's gaze; he paints representations that ask questions, yet give no answers. Lacan and Richter both cast doubt on the notion of 'truth' and express the …
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Publication information: Article title: Situating the "Real," Discovering Desire. Contributors: Marks, Lesley - Author. Journal title: PSYART. Publication date: January 1, 2011. Page number: Not available. © University of Florida 2008. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All Rights Reserved.